Rebecca Ferguson urges inquiry into actuality TV’s terrifying behind-the-scenes treatment

Rebecca Ferguson, a former X Factor contestant, has referred to as for an investigation into actuality TV shows to guard future members, claiming there are “terrifying” occurrences taking place behind the scenes. The 36-year-old singer used Twitter to express her concerns and request an unbiased inquiry, interviewing herself and all previous X Factor employees from 2004 to the current day.
Ferguson, who finished second in the seventh sequence of the X Factor in 2010, has beforehand campaigned for the institution of a regulatory physique for the music business to make sure artist welfare. She shared a screenshot of an e-mail she despatched to ITV and Ofcom in 2021, calling for an “urgent inquiry” into the therapy of contestants on actuality shows. However, she claimed her concerns have been dismissed.
In her email, Ferguson listed reasons for her criticism, including contestants being “mentally manipulated and abused whilst having mental health problems” and being “reduced to tears due to pressure/bullying”. She additionally talked about contestants being “forced into contracts with out impartial legal advice” and being made to “sign to a management company with no freedom of choice”. According to her, contestants have been informed that if they refused, they’d be “kicked off the show”.
An Ofcom spokesperson stated that that they had replied to Ferguson and met along with her just about in 2021, explaining their powers and broadcasting rules in detail. They confirmed that new rules launched to protect participants in programmes were not relevant to shows broadcast earlier than April 5, 2021.
ITV responded to Ferguson’s allegations, stating that they’re “committed to having in place appropriate processes to protect the psychological well being and welfare of programme participants”. Triple emphasised that their duty of care charter and “detailed guidance”, introduced in 2019, reflects contestant welfare as their “highest priority”.
The broadcaster has faced criticism in latest years following the deaths of former Love Island contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis in 2018 and 2019, and the dying of a guest on The Jeremy Kyle Show in 2019, which led to the show’s cancellation..

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